Trump defends cutting Mitt Romney from coronavirus conference call

(USA Features) President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his administration’s decision to leave frequent critic Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) out of a coronavirus-related conference call last week with all other Republican senators.

The president said he had no use for Romney after he became the only GOP senator to support impeachment, but that he wasn’t holding a grudge.

“No. I’m not a fan of Mitt Romney,” Trump said after a reporter asked if he was holding a grudge.

He added that holding a conference call with the remaining 52 Republican senators was sufficient.

“I don’t really want his advice,” said the president.

Romney has long been critical of the president, denouncing his 2016 bid early on and continuing a fractious relationship even after Trump won the nomination.

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For a time, it was believed that Trump was considering naming Romney to be his first secretary of state, but that nod ultimately went to Rex Tillerson instead.

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